IT’S the only show in town in Scotland this weekend as Rangers get ready to move a step closer to the Premiership.
Stuart McCall’s men are halfway there after safely negotiating three ties against Queen of the South and Hibs.
With a 2-0 lead from the first leg of the semi-final against Alan Stubbs’s capital outfit the Gers are expected to finish the job today.
The Ibrox side are no bigger than 1-7 with McBookie to qualify and are 10-11 favourites to win promotion by beating Motherwell.
Well, boosted by Scott McDonald’s red card being rescinded, are evens with Hibs the 12-1 outsiders.
To qualify for the Final Hibs are 6-1 at McBookie and on the evidence of last week’s Ibrox clash they have little chance.
But it’s been pointed out they beat Hamilton 2-0 away in last season’s final first leg and ended up losing on penalties.
They are 25-1 with McBookie to win a penalty shoot-out today and 28-1 to go through after extra time. Gers are 25-1 to proceed on penalties and 33-1 in extra time.
What’s clear is Hibs must score first if they have any chance and are 5-6 at Paddy Power to do so.
Stubbs’s side shouldn’t panic and go gung-ho but at some point they’ll need to take risks and could be picked off by the visitors.
McCall is likely to park the bus but his side can catch Hibs on the break. Both teams to score looks a good shout at 11-13 at 888sport.
On-loan Newcastle forward Haris Vuckic was again Rangers’ star man in the first leg and the Slovenian is 11-4 to net at any time.
There’s nothing at stake in Saturday’s Premier League matches with the bottom six in action. Meaningless games are always tough to call and I’d advise anyone having a bet to check team line-ups as some sides will play weakened teams.
Motherwell will rest players ahead ahead of Thursday’s play-off first leg and have already flagged up Partick Thistle at 6-4 with Coral.
Kilmarnock will be relaxed after beating the drop last week so there could be plenty of goals when they tackle Ross County. Over 2.5 pays 4-5 with Ladbrokes.
St Mirren say farewell to the Premiership – and to caretaker boss Gary Teale after naming Ian Murray as their new gaffer – at Hamilton and I’m on the home men at 4-5 with Coral.
Partick Thistle (3pm)
Killie v Ross County over 2.5 goals (3pm)
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